Unreserved Auction at Rago Arts Offers Arts & Crafts Ceramic Arts, Furniture, Glass Art and More

by Kate Nixon


Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold a two-day Unreserved auction in Early 20th Century Fine Art and Estate Goods, Saturday August 24th beginning at 10 a.m. Previews continue through this week, from noon to 5 p.m. and on August 23, noon-6pm.

This 1,121 lot sale features period and contemporary works of Arts and Crafts style design; American and European mid-century furnishings; prints and multiple works of paper; and antique and contemporary art glass and pottery for bid. The Rago center will be open day of sale on the 24th at 9 a.m.

For those interested in placing a bid, bids are taken in house, online by going to the auction catalog through BidSquare, or with a phone or absentee bid.

The moderately priced items up for bid during this unreserved auction present a unique opportunity for both experienced and new collectors to place a bid – an unreserved auction simply means there are no minimum bids or reserve prices set on the items. Every item is sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price.

The Arts and Crafts selections run the range in ceramics, furniture, paintings, glassworks, fiber arts and silver will be up for bid. Works by Heintz Art Metal, Marblehead pottery, Fulper Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, Gustav Stickley and L. and J.G. Stickley, Gorham silver and other icons of the Arts and Crafts movements will be featured in the auction, most with very moderate prices.


We’ve listed some items we’re keeping our eyes on this weekend down below – we’ll post the results next week:


Lot 11 – Five Pastel Favrile pieces

Manufacturer: Tiffany Studios

Description:  Five Pastel Favrile pieces: pink bowl with flared rim and lattice design (3″ x 8 3/8″ dia.) and low bowl with flared rim (1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ dia.), green plate (1/4″ x 8 1/4″ dia.), and two parfait glasses (6 1/2″ x 3 3/8″ dia., 5 1/8″ x 2 7/8″ dia.), New York, 1920s; Blown glass; All signed, bowl with lattice design dated 1926.

Estimate: $600 – $800




Lot 56: Three Sterling-on-Bronze Verdigris vases

Manufacturer: Heintz Art Metal

Description: Three Sterling-on-Bronze verdigris vases with foliate decoration: baluster with Prairie-style motif, corseted with freesia, and squat with wild rose, Buffalo, NY, early 20th c.; Two marked; Baluster: 11 5/8″ x 4 3/4″ dia., corseted: 11″ x 4″ dia., squat: 5″ x 5″ dia.

Estimate: $600 – $800



Lot 132: Contemporary Spindled coffee table

Manufacturer: Stickley, E.J. Audi

Description: Contemporary spindled coffee table, Manlius, NY, 2001; Quartersawn oak; Metal tag, branded mark; 17″ x 44″ x 36″

Estimate: $300 – $500




Lot 169: Four Rookwood Vases

Manufacturers: Rookwood/ S. Sax; K. Shirayamadani, ETC.

Description: Four vases: two Jewel Porcelain decorated with marigolds and tulips, two in Standard Glaze, dimpled with ruffled rim decorated with pansies by E. Foertmeyer, and tri-handled decorated with rose canes by E. Abel, Cincinnati, OH, 1927/1934/1890/1889; All with flame mark/XXVII/2985/SX, XXXIV/S/artist cipher, Flame mark with four flames/551/S/EDF, Flame mark with three flames/LS/EA; Marigold: 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ dia., Tulip: 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ dia., pansies: 6″ x 3″ dia., roses: 4 7/8″ x 3 1/2″ dia.

Estimate: $700 – $900


Lot 234: Gorham silver three piece set

Manufacturer: Gorham silver

Description: Three pieces: pair of bud vases with scrolling foliate handles, and key tray with cut-out handles, and floral engravings, England/USA, 19th-20th c.; Sterling silver; Both marked, tray monogrammed NSG; Vases: 8 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ dia., tray: 1 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ dia.; 21.2 ozt.

Estimate: $500 – $800



To view the whole online catalog and individual lot condition reports, please visit Rago’s website at https://www.ragoarts.com/

To find out about how to make a bid for a lot, please visit Rago’s information page on how to bid – https://www.ragoarts.com/buy/#/how-to-buy


Next for Rago Arts: an Early 20th century Design auction September 21st. That weekend, Rago Arts will also hold auctions on Studio Ceramics, Modern Design, and Contemporary Glass. The online catalogs for all four auctions will be posted August 30th on their website, www.ragoarts.com.